Enjoying an unprecedented run of warm, sunny autumn weather, the 45th edition of World Dairy Expo wrapped up Saturday with the crowning of Eastdale Lewisdale Gold Missy as the Supreme Champion.
The Alberta Holstein won the five-year cow class in her respective show and is owned by Morsan, Van Ruinen Dairy, M. Butz and G. Anderson. Reserve Champion honors went to the Grand Champion of the Jersey Show, Pine Haven SSM Marmie, owned by Nic, Jeni, Ben and Andy Sauder of Tremont, Ill.
Expo week also saw 162 animals sell in six breed sales. Topping all sellers was Lookout Pesce Magna P Sarah-Red-ET, the No. 2 Genomic Total Performance Indexed (GTPI) Red Poll heifer in North America. She was purchased by Keller Cattle Sales of Verona, Wis., for $82,000 during the World Classic ’11 Sale Friday evening. Total sales volume of all six sales was $1,572,714.
Though final attendance tallies have not been released, the incredible good run of weather saw attendance at or near record levels all week. More than 2,700 head of cattle entered the cattle shows and sales, so many that Expo officials scrambled Monday to erect another tent to house them all for the week. Cattle came from 37 states and seven Canadian provinces.
More than 800 commercial exhibitors from 28 countries filled in every nook, cranny and outdoor exhibitor space at the show. There were 120 new exhibitors this year.
Next year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2 through 8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.